TV Club: The Simpsons (Classic): “In Marge We Trust”

“In Marge We Trust” (originally aired 4/27/1997)

In which we should all just be glad God’s not here…

Marge episodes tend to be the smallest-scale of Simpsons episodes, a natural byproduct of her status as the show’s resident grounded straight woman. She isn’t likely to respond to a reinstated prohibition law by becoming a master bootlegger, nor is she about to ask deep, soul-searching questions about the ethics of eating meat or the importance of skeptical inquiry. She can absolutely have adventures—becoming a cop, insinuating herself among the Springfield country club elite, starting her own pretzel business—but even those flirtations with wackiness are born of specific, carefully detailed character beats, almost always to do with her frustrations with the monotony of domestic life. Like her daughter, Marge cares about bringing meaning to her life, but in a distinctly less high-minded sort of way …

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